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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Stock up on Children’s Books Today (Wednesday) in Basking Ridge. Create Prehistoric Cave Paintings at Bridgewater Library next Monday and Lego Structures on Thursday. Attend a Civil War Reinactment in Morristown or a Live-Action “Where the Wild Things Are” in Redbank.


@ Bridgewater Library

Our Summer Reading Club will begin on Monday June 20th.  Read, Win Prizes, and Attend Lots of Fun Programs at the Library this Summer!

Want to stock up your own bookshelves for summer reading?



Lots of fun programs for kids and teens at the Bridgewater Library this month – check us out! 

 image_thumb16_thumbStorytime (For Ages 3-6, siblings welcome) Tuesdays  10:00 a.m. Second session at 1:30pm.

Toddler Time (For Ages 18 months-36 months) Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Baby Time (For ages birth - 18 months) Thursdays  9:30 a.m.

Pajama Time (all ages) Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. (PJs optional)

No Registration Required for any of these. Join us for stories, songs, movement and fun!






SCLSNJ is out on the town Friday, June 24! Visit our table on from 5-8 p.m. on Division St. in Somerville during Cruise Night to play video games, listen to story times, sign up for the summer reading club and have a chance to win prizes. Learn more.





Click HERE to register for these programs.

Around the Community:

Somerset County Tourism

June 10-12, 2016  Somerset County Events!  Join The Mailing List

1. Rose Day Festival, Colonial Park Gardens
2. Flag Day Festival, Downtown Somerville
3. Big Tree Hike, Duke Farms
4. Maggiano's Masterpieces, Maggiano's Little Italy Bridgewater
5. Beryllium Quintet in Concert, Wagner Farm Arboretum
6. Make Your Own Corn Husk Doll, Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum
7. Paca Picnic, Bluebird Farm Alpacas
8. Spring Adult Horse Show, Lord Stirling Stable
9. Open Space Nature Walks, Negri-Nepote Grassland Preserve
10. Garden Social, EEC- Basking Ridge

Check the full calendar of events!



Read MORE: http://flagdayfestival.org/


SEUSSICAL Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 10AM
Theatreworks USA For ages 5 & up

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters and stories hit the stage in this unforgettable musical. The noble Horton the Elephant, the one-feathered bird Gertrude McFuzz and the antics of the Cat in the Hat steal the spotlight!

WHERE: Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn
TICKETS: All tickets are only $12.75.



HENRY AND MUDGE  Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 10AM Theatreworks USA For ages 4 & up

Sometimes it's tough being a kid, but life is a lot easier and a lot more fun when you've got a great big canine buddy to share your adventures! Follow the exploits of Henry and Mudge in this musical based on Cynthia Rylant's best-selling books.

An Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.  “Meet Your Seat” Open House  Friday, June 10, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Major funding for autism-friendly programs is provided by the Merck Foundation, with additional support from C.R. Bard Foundation, The Karma Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Nordstrom, and PSEG Foundation.


Click here to learn more about the show

Click here to buy tickets

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!   Approximate running time: 60 minutes

WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701  732.345.1400   tworivertheater.org   info@trtc.org   TICKETS: $25

Sail along with Max to the land of the Wild Things. Adapted from the beloved classic, the audience helps to transform Max’s bedroom into the various landscapes of his adventures from a rolling ocean to a forest.

The audience then becomes the Wild Things as we are each given a mask and encouraged to “let the Wild Rumpus start!” This Award-Winning, internationally acclaimed production is an intimate “guided play” experience for kids ages 3 to 7 and their adults.

Tickets at Playhouse22.org

Make Your Own Corn Husk Doll with Holly Doyle @ Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum Tickets
Sunday, June 12th
Workshop I at 1 p.m.  |  Workshop II at 3 p.m.

Perfect activity for scouting troops!

For centuries, corn was the staple grain of the Americas and sustained generations of indigenous people. Every part of the ear was used – from making rope and fill for pillows, to children’s  toys and rituals. During Colonial times, when mothers and daughters husked corn for the family meal, they saved the husks and made their own dolls, often adorned with remnants of clothing. Learn how to create your own corn husk doll.

Must be 8 or older to participate.
  Limited to 15 children per workshop.  Pre-registration required.  Admission:  Adults $10 per person; Children 8 years of age or older $5 per person; Children 7 and Under Free.  Register on-line hereMuseum open for tours to the general public from 1 – 4 p.m.  $10 Admission.  Children 12 and Under Free.

GPS Directions:  enter 3055 River Road, Bedminster, NJ  (enter through River Road Park)

Looking for more fun ideas to do with your family? Take a look at: “MOMMY POPPINS-NJ”,  “FREE FAMILY FUN NJ” and FUN LINKS FOR FAMILIES -- EVENT LISTINGS (see list on the right side of the blog).

Let Your Fingers Do More Walking –

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By Deborah Farmer Kris

Teens who read about the personal and intellectual struggles of scientists feel more motivated to learn science.  That was the finding of a recent study out of Teachers College, Columbia University and the University of Washington.

Why? Many high school students view scientific ability as a fixed trait that is not responsive to effort. As the researchers wrote: “When students struggle in science classes, they may misperceive their struggle as an indication that they are not good at science and will never succeed.” When students learn about how even famous scientists struggled, they began to see that learning and growing from setbacks is part of a successful professional journey.  Read MORE

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